Category Good Books

Plato’s “The Republic” – Katie Shauberger

Many people are required to read The Republic in college, but when I was reading it for an honors course on the great books of society, I discovered a few parallels that I would like to share for those who have not had the privilege of experiencing Plato’s great work. While The Republic is known […]

Miguel de Cervantes’s “Don Quijote de la Mancha” – Dillon Carroll

The Don Quijote Honors College takes inspiration from its namesake, the Castilian classic Don Quijote de La Mancha. The basic story is famous- In the hot, dusty plains of 17th century Spain (think of a landscape remarkably similar to southwest Oklahoma), a gentleman whose obsession with novels of knight errantry results in him losing his […]

Douglas Hofstadter’s “Gödel, Escher, Bach” and Music as a Formal System – Robert Sparks

This semester I am co-moderating a reading group on Douglas Hofstadter’s Gödel, Escher, Bach with a friend. The book’s topics seemed to be a perfect combination of my interest in music and his interest in mathematics. We have only discussed the first few chapters of the book so far, but in our discussion I began […]

Kurt Vonnegut’s “Breakfast of Champions” – Evan DeFilippis

Breakfast of Champions is the quintessential Vonnegut piece: the book is punctuated with pithy phrases, short, staccato sentences that underpin profound social commentary, hilarious anecdotes, and irrelevant trivia. The story consists of two main characters, Kilgore Trout and Dwayne Hoover. Kilgore Trout is a relatively unsuccessful science fiction writer. Dwayne Hoover is an incredibly rich […]

George Steiner’s “Errata” – Ben Clark

Doubtless, college is an interesting institution, and like all statements that begin as such, this statement is beset by doubt, evinced, perhaps, by those lifers of the Greek variety. Entertain then the notion that college is an interesting place. What makes it so? A tautology: interesting people make college interesting. So what makes them that way? […]